|By MAXWELL EVANS Capital News Service LANSING — When NASA reported 2017 to be the second-hottest year on record, the announcement was confirmation of a continuing trend: All 18 of the hottest years in modern history have occurred in the … Continue reading →
Instead of the harsh white light of the fluorescents, the light pouring from Alexa Weatherwax’s second grade classroom is the soft glow of old-fashioned incandescent string lights and paper lanterns she purchased for her classroom. This year, the only money Weatherwax spent out of pocket was on a travel Q-tip container for her students’ vocabulary words.
Weatherwax’s experience, however, is atypical and illustrates the starkness in realities between suburban and urban public schools, mostly White versus mostly Black school districts. According to the non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org’s national survey, 91 percent of teachers purchase school supplies for their students. The report goes on to say, on average, teachers in the United States spend $600 out of pocket each year on classroom supplies.
Located on Cedar St. about two miles south of the capitol sits a rather unassuming brick building, however, on the inside, it is anything but. The City Rescue Mission of Lansing provides more than just food and a roof to sleep under, but hope to people in a difficult situation. Since 1911, City Rescue has a long and storied history serving the capital area as a nonprofit Christian ministry, operating solely on private donations. Laura Grimwood, the director of communications, has seen significant growth since she started working at City Rescue, particularly in the individual counseling and case management offered to guests of the shelter.
This year, Peacock Family Tree Farm will be a part of the national charity spreading cheer to troops around the country.
Many projects – solar community, recycling in multi-family complexes, 100 percent renewable energy – are all contributing to East Lansing going greener.